Chilliwack FC’s U-12 boys tournament team made history with a win at the Sounders Adidas Cup, played July 6-7 in Seattle.
This was the first time a Chilliwack team won an age group at the prestigious tournament, and they had to go through the host team to do it. An intimidating Seattle United squad had beaten Chilliwack earlier, in the group-stage of the tournament, and had demolished all of their opponents by at least four goals per game.
Seattle opened the scoring 15 minutes in, but Chilliwack answered back on a Brandon Cambridge header. Cambridge scored another goal late in the first half, sending his underdog squad into the break with a 2-1 lead.
Chilliwack spent most of the second half under siege, with Seattle attacking in waves.
The determined hosts drew even at 2-2 with 10 minutes to go, but the locals weathered the storm, making it through full time and into a shootout.
Cambridge, Marley Edwards and Aidan Morris scored on the first three shots for Chilliwack. Goaltender Diego Colebourne-Urcuyo made a fantastic save, setting the table for Maikjen Meindertsma’s game winning strike.
As the ball found the back of the Seattle net, Meindertsma’s teammates rushed the field to celebrate.
Chilliwack now has two wins in three tournament appearances. They also won the Baker Blast, and finished second at the Snohomish Invitational.